Sport Oracle Team USA tactician Ben Ainslie participates in a dock out ceremony before the start of race six of the America's Cup finals against Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker in San Francisco

The quadruple gold and silver medal Olympic champion opens his campaign in the 40-foot catamarans in Singapore next month

Windsurfing returns to Olympic sailing line-up for Rio 2016

People power kicked the decision to drop windsurfers from the Olympic sailing line-up into the oblivion of history as rank and file national representatives voted against the council members of the International Sailing Federation at its annual general meeting in Dublin.

Britain fails to raise team for Youth America's Cup

Britain has failed to raise a team for the Youth America's Cup. As the deadline for entries closed on 31 October, all three attempts, one of which planned to race under the Ben Ainslie Racing banner.

Team compete in a fleet race during the America's Cup World Series

Britain will not enter Youth America's Cup team

Britain has failed to raise a team for the Youth America’s Cup. As the deadline for entries closed on 31 October, all three attempts, one of which planned to race under the Ben Ainslie Racing banner.

Oracle Team USA catamaran is put through its paces

America's Cup defender Oracle Team USA capsize during training session

Oracle Team USA, defender of the 34 America’s Cup, suffered a second humiliating and expensive setback when it capsized its giant AC72 catamaran on San Francisco Bay during a training session.

Kiwis 'stunned' by America's Cup decision

A howl of complaint about the latest changes in the organisation of next year’s America’s Cup in San Francisco comes from Dean Barker, skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand.

Musandam-Oman Sail under pressure in an earlier European tour race for the MOD70s

Ian Williams forced to wait amid congestion in Marseille

Two events on the same piece of water can lead to problems, not least as the deciding, fifth race of the French Match Race semi-final kept Britain’s Ian Williams and the Australian Keith Swinton stooging around for over an hour and half as the MOD70s started two races off Marseille.

Ellen E Jones: Why this nation should cherish its eccentrics

The greatest book of the modern age, in case you were wondering, is Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics: An A-Z of Roguish Britons Through the Ages by William Donaldson, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in print this year.

Anna Tunnicliffe injured during Extreme Sailing Series

An Olympic gold medallist, formerly British now firmly American, and a newly minted silver medallist, formerly Welsh now also happily British, were among an ovation of Olympians cascading on to Cardiff Bay on Thursday for the Extreme Sailing grand prix. But the American, Anna Tunnicliffe, was rushed to hospital with a gashed knee at the end of the first day’s racing in Cardiff for the Extreme Sailing Series.

All woman team to enter Volvo round the world race

A Swedish-based all woman team is the first to announce an entry for the next Volvo round the world race in 2014/15.

Have-a-go guests have enjoyed racing themselves in this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

New sponsorship ensures buoyant future for Cowes Week

Fireworks over Cowes were more than the traditional Friday celebration as the south’s largest annual regatta drew not just to a close but a beginning of long-term stability at a time of economic uncertainty for many sports.

Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell had to settle for silver in the men's 470 class on Day 14 after failing to get the better of the Australians

Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell take silver for Team GB after failing to get better of Australians

Great Britain's Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell had to settle for silver in the men's 470 class after just falling short of gold on the south coast today.

Silver medal prospects look good for Team GB's Nick Dempsey

A silver medal for windsurfer Nick Dempsey is still a real prospect after the gold was wrapped up with two races to spare by Dorian van Rijsselberge of The Netherlands.

Paul Goodison in the sailing

Medal hopes of Team GB pair Paul Goodison and Ali Young sink in Weymouth

Great Britain's Paul Goodison and Ali Young both saw their London 2012 medal hopes ended today.

Ben Ainslie is confident he can secure a sailing gold medal

Ben Ainslie is confident of securing a sailing gold

Ben Ainslie remains confident of securing a fourth Olympic gold medal despite faltering once again on a day when the British sailing team were hit by news that Paul Goodison's regatta could be in jeopardy.

Ben Ainslie now lies in second place

Ben Ainslie's gold medal hopes hit after losing out to Finn leader Jonas Hogh-Christensen yet again

Ben Ainslie saw his assault on Olympic gold stutter once again today as he finished behind Finn leader Jonas Hogh-Christensen for a fifth time at London 2012.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
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Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
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League system no longer measures up

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